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Quebec Nordiques

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Quebec Nordiques
List of Quebec Nordiques seasons
Founded 1972
History Quebec Nordiques
1972-1979 (WHA)
1979-1995 (NHL)
Colorado Avalanche
Home arena Colisée de Québec
City Quebec City, Quebec
Colors Blue, white and red
Stanley Cups 0
Avco World Trophy 1 (1976–77)
Conference championships 0
Presidents' Trophies 0
Division championships 4 (1974–75, 1976–77, 1985–86, 1994–95)
The Quebec Nordiques warming up before a game in 1986

The Quebec Nordiques (French: Nordiques de Québec, pronounced [nɔʀˈd͡zɪk] in Quebec French, /nɔrˈdiːks/ in Canadian English, meaning "Northmen" or "Northerners") were a professional ice hockey team from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The Nordiques played in the World Hockey Association (1972–1979) and the National Hockey League (1979–1995). The team moved to Denver, Colorado in 1995 and changed their name to the Colorado Avalanche.

As the value of the Canadian dollar was failing, the Quebec Nordiques were compelled to sell their team. With the salaries of players rising and the arena in need of repairs, the ownership of the Nordiques was sold to a group of investors in Denver, Colorado. To make matters worse, during their first season in Colorado, the former Nordiques, now Colorado Avalanche, won the Stanley Cup.